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If one kidney fails, must you get a transplant?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Kidney
As long as there is one functioning kidney, you do not need a transplant.
After all, kidney transplant recipients ultimately only have one functioning kidney.

In brief: Kidney
As long as there is one functioning kidney, you do not need a transplant.
After all, kidney transplant recipients ultimately only have one functioning kidney.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Fortunately, the body makes 2 kidneys.
So even if one fails, the other kidney can compensate for the lost of the other kidney. Therefore you don't need a transplant. However you will need to protect this single kidney by controlling your diabetes or hypertension if you have these diseases.

In brief: No
Fortunately, the body makes 2 kidneys.
So even if one fails, the other kidney can compensate for the lost of the other kidney. Therefore you don't need a transplant. However you will need to protect this single kidney by controlling your diabetes or hypertension if you have these diseases.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The remaining kidney (assuming it has not also been damaged) can usually take over and there will be no perceptible change.
If you have a single kidney you need to be extra careful to protect it (avoid contact sports, use seat belts, avoid excessive use of some medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve). Be sure too check you kidney function yearly to make sure your kidney remains healthy.

In brief: No
The remaining kidney (assuming it has not also been damaged) can usually take over and there will be no perceptible change.
If you have a single kidney you need to be extra careful to protect it (avoid contact sports, use seat belts, avoid excessive use of some medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve). Be sure too check you kidney function yearly to make sure your kidney remains healthy.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Generally no
Although it can depend on the cause of the kidney failure, in most cases, if one kidney fails, there is sufficient reserve in the other kidney that you can survive with just the one remaining kidney.

In brief: Generally no
Although it can depend on the cause of the kidney failure, in most cases, if one kidney fails, there is sufficient reserve in the other kidney that you can survive with just the one remaining kidney.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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